Election result

The election that was widely predicted to deliver the State a Liberal government on March 15 is finally over.
Premier Jay Weatherill has won a bizarre election thanks to independent MP Geoff Brock who has chosen to controversially return Labor to power.
The whole scenario with fellow independent Bob Such, who also held the balance of power with Mr Brock before falling ill prior to casting his vote, proves that truth is often stranger than fiction.
The cries of derision have been long and loud from the Liberals since it became apparent they would struggle to win enough seats to form government despite receiving almost 53% of the two Party preferred votes.
But the system is not about winning the majority of votes … it’s about winning the majority of seats.
There may well be an argument to further review the State electoral system but Liberal Leader Steven Marshall clearly believed the election was in the bag and predicted he would win 27 seats and comfortably form government.
That confidence may have resulted in the Party not concentrating on winning the many marginal seats and instead redirecting valuable resources into contests they were never going to win – such as spending a reported $400,000 in Fisher in a failed attempt to defeat former Liberal Dr Such.
The name of the game is about winning seats, not settling old scores.
The argument that the system didn’t deliver what the people of SA wanted because the Party which won the most votes wasn’t elected, doesn’t stand up to scrutiny when you consider the ALP was defending 11 seats with a margin of less than 5%.
The Liberals, by comparison, had more  safe seats held by a margin of over 20% which clearly delivered them a greater percentage of the total votes.
Subsequent statements that the new Weatherill Government is illegitimate from senior Federal MP Christopher Pyne smack of hypocrisy as does Mr Marshall’s statement that Mr Weatherill doesn’t have a “mandate to govern”.
He does. It’s called 24 seats.
If there are shortcomings in the electoral system then the Liberals need to invest time and energy into identifying them and ensuring they are changed.
They can now target the independent MPs who hold traditionally conservative seats.
The democratic system we all value so highly occasionally gifts a great deal of power into the hands of a few – as it has in this election and as it did in the 2010 Federal election.
That’s democracy. It’s the best system we have even though sometimes it appears undemocratic.  It could be worse – just look at Egypt … or Ukraine … or North Korea.